Renewed Mind Redeemed Thinking

RENEWED MIND – REDEEMED THINKING – THE KEY TO EFFECTIVE PRAYER

(PASTOR LEE JACKSON – FFWC )

1)     INTRODUCTION – SOMEONE ONCE SAID, “AS A MAN THINKETH SO IS HE.”  THERE IS A LOT OF TRUTH IN THAT STATEMENT.  IT IS NO SECRET TO ANY CHILD OF GOD THAT WE FIGHT A BATTLE IN OUR MINDS AND IN THOUGHT LIFE EVEN AFTER WE HAVE COME TO ACCEPT JESUS CHRIST.  AS WE COME INTO FELLOWSHIP WITH CHRIST THE HOLY SPIRIT BEGINS TO REVEAL TO US THINGS ABOUT OURSELVES THAT WE OURSELVES WERE NOT EVEN AWARE OF AND THINGS THAT WE WOULD PERHAPS RATHER NOT BE KNOW ABOUT OURSELVES.  THE PSALMIST DAVID EXPERIENCED THIS: “YOU HAVE SEARCHED ME AND KNOWN ME. YOU KNOW MY SITTING DOWN AND MY RISING UP; YOU UNDERSTAND MY THOUGHT AFAR OFF. YOU COMPREHEND MY PATH AND MY LYING DOWN, AND ARE ACQUAINTED WITH ALL MY WAYS.  FOR THERE IS NOT A WORD ON MY TONGUE, BUT BEHOLD, O LORD, YOU KNOW IT ALTOGETHER.” (PSALM 139:1-4)

2)     THE PROBLEM IS THAT OUR NATURAL MINDS ARE IN OPPOSITON TO GOD AND CONTRARY TO HIS PURPOSES

a)     OUR MINDS AND NATURE WERE CORUPTED IN THE FALL OF MAN : “AND GOD SAW THAT THE WICKEDNESS OF MAN WAS GREAT IN THE EARTH, AND THAT EVERY IMAGINATION OF THE THOUGHTS OF HIS HEART WAS ONLY EVIL CONTINUALLY.” (GEN 6:5)

b)    “BECAUSE THE CARNAL MIND IS ENMITY AGAINST GOD: FOR IT IS NOT SUBJECT TO THE LAW OF GOD, NEITHER INDEED CAN BE.”  ROM 8:7

c)     “…THEY KNOW NOT THE THOUGHTS OF THE LORD NEITHER UNDERSTAND HIS COUNSEL …” MIC 4:12

d)     “BUT WHEN JESUS PERCEIVED THEIR THOUGHTS, HE ANSWERING SAID ONTO THEM, WHAT REASON YE IN YOUR HEARTS? WHETHER IT IS EASIER TO SAY, THY SINS BE FORGIVEN THEE; OR TO SAY RISE UP AND WALK?”  (LUKE 5:22 – THIS INCIDENT IS ALSO RECORDED IN MATT 9:4)

3)     GOD’S THOUGHTS ARE INFINITELY HIGHER (IN A MORAL SENSE) THAN OUR THOUGHTS

a)     “FOR MY THOUGHTS ARE NOT YOUR THOUGHTS, NEITHER ARE YOUR WAYS MY WAYS, SAITH THE LORD.  FOR AS THE HEAVENS ARE HIGHER THAN THE EARTH, SO ARE MY WAYS HIGHER THAN YOUR WAYS, AND MY THOUGHTS THAN YOUR THOUGHTS.”   (ISA 55:8-9)

b)    “THE LORD KNOWETH THE THOUGHTS OF THE WISE THAT THEY ARE VAIN.” 1COR 3:20

c)     “FOR FROM WITHIN, OUT OF THE HEART OF MEN, PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS, ADULTERIES, FORNICATIONS, MURDERS,  …”  (MATT 15:19)

4)     AS A RESULT OF OUR WRONG THINKING WE FALSELY ACCUSE GOD AND MISJUDGE HIS CHARACTER AND INTENTIONS TOWARDS US

a)     “FOR I KNOW THE THOUGHTS THAT I THINK TOWARD YOU, SAITH THE LORD, THOUGHTS OF PEACE, AND NOT OF EVIL, TO GIVE YOU AN EXPECTED END.”  (JER 29:11)

b)    “I KNOW FULL WELL WHAT YOU ARE THINKING, THE SCHEMES BY WHICH YOU WRONG ME.”  (JOB 21:27 NIV)

5)     GOD WANTS TO GIVE US A PIECE OF HIS MIND – CHANGE THE WAY WE THINK.  THIS IS NOT POSSIBLE UNTIL WE COME TO KNOW HIM THROUGH CHRIST AND HIS SPIRIT COMES TO LIVE IN US.  ONCE WE COME TO KNOW HIM, IT IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE BUT ALSO ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY IF WE ARE TO CONTINUE TO WALK WITH HIM.

a)     “SEARCH ME, O GOD AND KNOW MY HEART; TEST ME AND KNOW MY ANXIOUS THOUGHTS. SEE IF THERE IS ANY OFFENSIVE WAY IN ME AND LEAD ME IN THE WAY EVERLASTING.” (PSALM 139: 23,24)

b)    “CASTING DOWN ARGUMENTS AND EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, BRINGING EVERY THOUGHT INTO CAPTIVITY TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST,…”  (2 CORINTHIANS 10:5)

c)     “WHEN I WAS A CHILD, I SPOKE AS A CHILD, I UNDERSTOOD AS A CHILD, I THOUGHT AS A CHILD; BUT WHEN I BECAME A MAN, I PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS.” (1CORINTHIANS 13:11)

d)    “AND YOU, WERE SOMETIME ALIENATED AND ENEMIES IN YOU MIND BY WICKED WORKS, YET NOW HATH HE RECONCILED.”  (COL 1:21)

e)      “BE NOT CONFORMED TO THIS WORLD: BUT BE YE TRANSFORMED BY THE RENEWING OF YOUR MIND, THAT YE MAY PROVE WHAT IS THAT GOOD, AND ACCEPTABLE, AND PERFECT, WILL OF GOD.”  (ROM 12:2)

f)     “THIS I SAY THEREFORE, AND TESTIFY IN THE LORD, THAT YE HENCEFORTH WALK NOT AS OTHER GENTILES WALK, IN THE VANITY OF THEIR MIND, HAVING THE UNDERSTANDING DARKENED, BEING ALIENATED FROM THE LIFE OF GOD THROUGH THE IGNORANCE THAT IS IN THEM, BECAUSE OF THE BLINDNESS OF THEIR HEART:” (EPH 4:17-18)

6)     WE PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS BY SUBJECTING OUR WILL AND THOUGHTS TO HIS WORD AND HIS SPIRIT THAT IS WORKING OUT HIS SALVATION IN US.

a)     “LET THIS MIND BE IN YOU WHICH WAS IN CHRIST JESUS.”  PHIL 2:3  “FOR IT IS GOD THAT WORKETH IN YOU BOTH TO WILL AND TO DO HIS GOOD PLEASURE.”  (PHIL 2:13)

b)    “THAT YE PUT OFF CONCERNING THE FORMER CONVERSATION THE OLD MAN, WHICH IS CORRUPT ACCORDING TO DECEITFUL LUSTS; AND BE RENEWED IN THE SPIRIT OF YOUR MIND; AND THAT YE PUT ON THE NEW MAN, WHICH AFTER GOD IS CREATED IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUE HOLINESS.” EPH 4:22-24

c)     “FOR THE WORD OF GOD IS QUICK, AND POWERFUL, AND SHARPER THAN ANY TWOEDGED SWORD, PIERCING EVEN TO THE DIVIDING ASUNDER OF THE SOUL AND THE SPIRIT, AND JOINTS AND MARROW, AND IS A DISCERNER OF THE THOUGHTS AND INTENTS OF THE HEART.”   (HEB 4:12)

d)    “WHEREFORE GIRD UP THE LOINS OF YOUR MIND, BE SOBER, AND HOPE TO THE END THAT THE GRACE THAT THE GRACE THAT IS BROUGHT TO YOU AT THE REVELATION OF JESUS CHRIST; AS OBEDIENT CHILDREN, NOT FASHIONING YOURSELVES ACCORDING TO THE FORMER LUSTS IN YOUR IGNORANCE BUT AS HE HATH CALLED YOU TO BE HOLY IN ALL MANNER OF CONVERSATION; BECAUSE IT IS WRITTEN, BE YE HOLY FOR I AM HOLY.” 1PET 1:13-16

e)     “COMMIT THY WORKS UNTO THE LORD AND THY THOUGHTS SHALL BE ESTABLISHED.” PROV 16:3

f)     “HAVING THEREFORE THESE PROMISES DEARLY BELOVED, LET US CLEANSE OURSELVES FROM ALL FILTHINESS OF THE FLESH AND SPIRIT, PERFECTING HOLINESS IN THE FEAR OF GOD.” (2COR 7:1)

7)     WE PARTICIPATE BUT WE CANNOT DO THIS BY OURSELVES.  WHEN GOD SEES THAT WE MEAN BUSINESS HE SENDS HIS SPIRIT THE “PARACLETE” TO COME ALONG SIDE OF US TO HELP US IN OUR WEAKNESS AND TO PRAY FOR US.

a)     “LIKEWISE THE SPIRIT ALSO HELPETH OUR INFIRMITIES: FOR WE KNOW NOT WHAT WE SHOUL PRAY FOR AS WE OUGHT: BUT THE SPIRIT ITSELF MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR US WITH GROANINGS WHICH CANNOT BE UTTERED. AND HE THAT SEARCHETH THE HEARTS KNOWETH WHAT IS THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT, BECAUSE HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.”  (ROM 8:26-27)

b)    “FOR CHRIST HAS NOT GIVEN US THE SPIRIT OF FEAR; BUT OF POWER, AND LOVE, AND OF A SOUND MIND.”  (2TIM 1:7)

c)     “THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAITH THE LORD; I WILL PUT MY LAWS INTO THEIR MIND, AND WRITE THEM IN THEIR HEARTS: AND I WILL BE TO THEM A GOD AND THEY SHALL BE TO ME A PEOPLE.”  (HEB 8:10)

d)    “THOU WILT KEEP HIM IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE: BECAUSE HE TRUSTETH IN THEE.”  (ISA 26:3)

8)     JUST AS THE SPIRIT HAS PRAYED FOR US, HE CAN NOW PRAY THROUGH US BECAUSE WE HAVE THE MIND OF CHRIST.  HE ANSWERS OUR PRAYERS BECAUSE WE PRAY ACCORDING TO HIS WILL.

a)       “THEREFORE I SAY UNTO YOU, WHAT THINGS SOEVER YE DESIRE, WHEN YE PRAY, BELIEVE THAT YE RECEIVE THEM, AND YE SHALL HAVE THEM.” (MARK 11:24)

b)    “HE MAKETH INTERCESSION FOR THE SAINTS ACCORDING TO THE WILL OF GOD.”  (ROM 8:27)  WE ALSO MAKE INTERCESSION IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE WILL OF GOD.

c)     THIS IS THE KEY TO EFFECTIVE INTERCESSION AND PRAYERS BEING ANSWERED.  THIS IS THE KEY TO AVOIDING THE SYMPATHY TRAP THAT WHEREIN WE UNKNOWINGLY ARE FEREVENTLY PRAYING AGAINST THE WILL OF GOD.  “…PRAYING ALWAYS IN ALL PRAYER AND SUPPLICATION IN THE SPIRIT …”  (READ “MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST”  MAY 3RD & MAY 4TH RE THE DANGER OF INTERCEEDING WITH OUR OWN MINDS AND SYMPATHYS RATHER THAN IN IDENTIFICATION WITH THE WILL OF GOD.)

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